Try using this sand tray therapy technique with your sand tray therapy clients as a warm up to sand tray therapy.
Relaxation Techniques with Sand Tray Therapy: The Labyrinth
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that can be found all over the world in many different cultures. It is not attached to any one culture religion, or tradition.
There are many different types of labyrinths. Some are large and outdoors, others are small and on paper. They are similar to a maze, yet different because they have only one path that leads to the center and then back out again.
The labyrinth is a focusing tool that helps people focus on their emotions. It is also a form of relaxation, or can be used to get in touch with one’s spiritual side.
Counselors have been using the labyrinth with clients for quite some time.
Many sand tray therapy counselors chose to use the finger labyrinth at the same time their clients are using the finger labyrinth. Small labyrinths can be purchased or printed on paper.
One can even create their own sand tray therapy labyrinth. There are societies that are dedicated to the research and use of the labyrinth. The client will relax more and begin to trust the therapist on a deeper level.
The labyrinth is similar to the sand tray in sand tray therapy as it holds up a mirror to the client and defense mechanisms can be brought to the surface and acknowledged.
The sand tray therapist can help the sand tray therapy client come up with more appropriate ways of being verses the use of defense mechanisms.
Materials: Paper or wooden labyrinth
1. If the client is willing ask them to take a finger walk through the paper or wooden labyrinth. The therapist can take the same finger walk on a different labyrinth at the same time the client is taking the walk on their labyrinth.
2. While taking the finger walk the client can talk about any issues or problems they are facing.
3. The labyrinth finger walk will relax the client and allow him or her to focus on the issues presented. It can also help the therapist focus and connect on a deeper level with the client.
*Use with caution if a client is actively psychotic, severely depressed, or in a manic phase of Bipolar disorder as they may be brought to a deeper level to face the issues presented.
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